Since Donald Trump was elected as the US President, relations between Washington and Tehran have continued to spiral out of control. Now, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has insisted that there will no talks between the two countries until the economic sanctions have been lifted. The Foreign Minister’s comments come in the wake of the US suggesting that it could hold talks with Iran without pre-conditions if the Islamic Republic changed its behaviour.
In response, Mr Zarif said: “Economic Terrorism against Iran targets innocent civilians.
“This is Donald Trump’s “economic war”.
“And war and talks – with or without preconditions – don’t go together.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that there could be talks between the countries if Iran began to behave like “a normal nation first”.
Tensions between the two states have continued to escalate ever since Trump pulled the US out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran.
Signed in 2016, the plan was created in order to stop the proliferation of nuclear material between Iran and the other world powers.
Following that, the US has also placed heavy sanctions on the country and has ordered other countries to stop exporting oil to Iran.
Moreover, the US has also set a strike force to the region amid fears of an imminent attack from pro-Iran forces.
Although Tehran has denied that it had any involvement in the sabotage of two oil tankers, National Security Advisor John Bolton has linked Iran to the attack.
During his recent visit to Japan Trump insisted: “I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal, and I think that’s very smart of them, and I think that’s a possibility to happen.”
In retaliation to any US threat, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi insisted: “Iran pays no attention to words; what matters to us is a change of approach and behaviour.
“We currently see no prospect of negotiations with America.”